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Planning on installing win 8 around thanksgiving if I can find a copy for cheap. I have my OS sitting on a SSD and all my other folders in HDD (including steam). Can I simply install my HDD and files be accessible from win 8? Or is the file structure completely different?

I am thinking music, pictures, movies, etc. can be accessible straight from win 8 without have to transform. But I am concerned about Steam folder - do I have to re-install a win 8 version of Steam and re-download ALL my games?
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All your music, pictures and movies will be fine.

Steam will also be fine.
Steam is a kind of unique program in that it fixes it's registry entries without needing to reinstall the program.
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Are you upgrading your OS from W7 to W8 or are you starting fresh?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bitemarks and bloodstains View Post

All your music, pictures and movies will be fine.

Steam will also be fine.
Steam is a kind of unique program in that it fixes it's registry entries without needing to reinstall the program.

You do need to connect to the internet though, but it works.
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Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

Are you upgrading your OS from W7 to W8 or are you starting fresh?

If I understood the question right, I prefer to do a fresh install of the OS, where the previous OS is not stored/backed up somewhere. Question though - will it render my win 7 key useless once I do the 'upgrade'? I have a retail win 7 version that I may switch back if I end up hating win 8. Or I may want to use the win 7 on another machine. I also have an XP copy that is a volume CD (work doled them out), which I can use first and then upgrade to win 8.

And thanks for the replies - I am glad I do not have to reinstall all my games - it would have been a pain.
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follow these directions smile.gif

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7418-YUBN-8129

Basically...do this first.

Install Steam on your Windows 8 machine and activate the new client with your login/password.

Before you leave your W7 environment though...do this..
  • Exit the Steam client application.
  • Browse to the Steam installation folder for the Steam installation you would like to move (C:\Program Files\Steam by default).
  • Delete all of the files and folders except the SteamApps folder and Steam.exe
    ----
    on your w8 machine and after installing/logging into your new Steam
    ----
  • Cut and paste the whole Steam folder to the new location, for example: D:\Games\Steam\
  • Launch Steam and log into your account.

Edited by lacrossewacker - 9/5/13 at 8:59am
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Preferably read through the steam directions directly from the link I provided though. Read through the entire thing once or twice before you try anything.
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